This article lays down some of the most amazing and interesting kiwi bird facts that you may want to share with your kids. Kiwi bird is a flightless bird found in New Zealand. It is the smallest member of the group of all the flightless running birds of which ostrich and emu are the largest flightless birds. It is named after its characteristic sound or shrill cry ‘kee-wee kee-wee’ usually produced by the male kiwis. Its natural habitat is found in New Zealand (North and South Islands and Stewart Island) and now I think you may have figured out why the people of New Zealand call themselves Kiwis!
This bird does not show nest building behavior and resides in forests, woods and plains deep inside in their burrows. Its main diet consists of earthworms, insects, larvae, beetles, snails, crayfish and fruits.
It lays huge eggs in a burrow from July to February. The size of the egg is larger as compared to size of their body. During the course of gestation, the female kiwi feeds three times more than normal and the size of her belly becomes so huge that it touches the ground. The male kiwi incubates the egg and guard it until it has hatched. A very important fact about its egg is that it contains more yolk as compared to the other birds’ egg.
There five important species of this bird named as:
Though classified as a bird, yet kiwis have some characteristics similar to that of mammals, which make them unique:
It was a brief introduction about this unique bird. We have gathered down some great kiwi bird pictures from the internet. Kiwi has been here on this earth for millions of years but rapid urbanization in New Zealand have deprived them their natural habitat. Moreover, the introduction of predators like dogs has hastened its declining population. This unique bird is at the verge of extinction and we should support all those programs that have taken the initiative to protect them.